The New Go-to Book on the NT Canon

Michael J. Kruger. Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 368 pp.

  • 58-page (!) PDF sample
  • 7 glowing endorsements (including Michael Horton, John Frame, and Charles Hill)
  • 4 lectures by Kruger on the canon
  • 3-minute video by Kruger on the canon


  1. Bruce, F. F. The Canon of Scripture. Downers Grove: IVP, 1988.
  2. Carson, D. A., and Douglas J. Moo. “The New Testament Canon.” Pages 726–43 in An Introduction to the New Testament. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.
  3. Decker, Rodney J. “The Rehabilitation of Heresy: ‘Misquoting’ Earliest Christianity, Part 1.” Journal of Ministry and Theology 13, no. 1 (2009): 30–61. (I was present when Rod presented this paper.)
  4. ———. “The Rehabilitation of Heresy: ‘Misquoting’ Earliest Christianity, Part 2.” Journal of Ministry and Theology 13, no. 2 (2009): 56–95.
  5. Hill, C. E. “The New Testament Canon: Deconstructio Ad Absurdum?Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 101–19.
  6. ———. Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  7. Komoszewski, J. Ed, M. James Sawyer, and Daniel B. Wallace. “Part 3: Did the Early Church Muzzle the Canon?” Pages 119–66 in Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.
  8. Nicole, Roger. “The Canon of the New Testament.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40 (1997): 199–206.
  9. Plummer, Robert L. “Who Determined What Books Would Be Included in the Bible?” Pages 57–67 in 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible. 40 Questions Series. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010.
  10. Sawyer, M. James. “Evangelicals and the Canon of the New Testament.” Grace Theological Journal 11 (1990): 29–52.
  11. Thielman, Frank. “The New Testament Canon: Its Basis for Authority.” Westminster Theological Journal 45 (1983): 400–410.
  12. Walls, Andrew F. “The Canon of the New Testament.” Pages 629–43 in Introductory Articles. Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein. Expositor’s Bible Commentary 1. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979.
  13. Warfield, Benjamin B. The Canon of the New Testament: How and When Formed. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1892.


  1. Erick Barra says

    Thanks for the notice!

    I am currently working through documents of the early church as well as reading Eusebius. Currently the concern I have in my study is why ado we as modern day protestants reject the sacred traditions of the united church who made the decisions on which books go into the canon? The councils which declared canonicity to certain documents held traditions that were equally from God as the scriptures such as the Eucharist offering, infant baptism, baptismal regeneration, apostolic succession, etc, etc

  2. says


    Thanks for promoting this book. I thought it was a great read too. The accompanying lectures were also very helpful as a supplement to reading it.

    What were your thoughts on how he tied in “covenant document” ideas?

  3. Erick Barra says

    Does he touch up on the problem of how the councils and Christians who decided what was inspired held traditions which were viewed as equally ordained of God?

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